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Active for Life

MAY 2019

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As we reflect on our lives, we often realize that friendships and connections matter most. Through playing sports and participating in recreational activities as kids, we forge friendships and make lifelong memories. Developing interpersonal skills, including teamwork and leadership, is just one of the many benefits of joining a team, going to a yoga class, or playing with other children in the neighbourhood. In fact, research tells us that the main reason why girls play sports is to experience social connections and acceptance.

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Coaching girls in sport: What the research says

Coach Jim recently reviewed the Keeping Girls in Sport coach training module. The online program teaches leaders and coaches about the challenges girls face in sport and breaks down important topics like injuries and how to make sports more engaging.

In a second article, Jim provides an in-depth look at what research says around key topics related to girls and sport, such as body image, social connections, role models, and positive coaching principles. These are two must-read articles for parents, coaches, or teachers who want to help girls stay active and dynamic for a lifetime.

Make learning challenges fun with this game

Do you struggle to help your child with homework or learning to read or spell? This article is for you. You'll learn how to pair learning with fun movement-based activities that educate and entertain. It will help you take away power struggles and replace them with giggles and hugs. 

Why I wish I’d played more than one sport as a kid

Jaime Neefs started playing soccer at age three. In this article, she reflects on her lifelong love of the sport—as well as what she learned, and missed out on, as a result. Jaime shares lessons and wisdom that might help you support your child better.

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Ball hockey for children

Want to help your kids develop their hand-eye coordination while having a blast? Try getting outside for a fun game of ball hockey. Clear the cars off the driveway and get your game on!

Link of the month

Coming together through sport

A sense of belonging is one thing that draws us to sport and recreational activities. According to a report produced by Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the True Sport Foundation, 85 percent of Canadians agree that participation in sport builds stronger communities. So we need to focus on fun, inclusiveness, and making programs more affordable for all. On its website, the CFC shares practical tips and compelling research on sport and belonging and how to keep future generations engaged. 
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